Same tree, different colors.
Just a small sampling of the lights and entertainment at Zoo Tampa during their “Christmas In the Wild” nights.
You could still see a lot of the animals in their homes. A few of the nocturnal animals that you rarely see moving during the day were also moving around.
The trees over the alligator exhibit were full of ibis, snowy egrets and great egrets sleeping. There were 100’s of them. It was pretty crazy to see them in the dark.
Afterward we stopped at our local Chik Fil A to get milkshakes, even though it was cold outside (Florida cold means it was 50 degrees).
Linking to Wednesday Around The World.
The one-eyed key deer that was rescued has a new home. Lots of room to roam around.
Only in the reptile area can you get this up close to a snake. Most of Florida’s snakes are non-venomous. They are good at keeping rodents at bay and a few are protected by law. Black racers seem to be the most common and we occasionally get one in our yard. Since many of our neighbors have fruit trees, the racers keep the fruit rats from over populating without having to use rat poisoning. I always keep my distance though.
These guys have taken over for the summer. The bushes are full of them and they will eat your plants and flowers down to the nubs.
It’s always fun to spend a few minutes watching the baby primates. That gibbon doesn’t seem to like the bugs. The baby colobus monkey in the bottom shot has lost all of his gray fuzz and now looks like a smaller version of the parents.
The new splash ride is now open and boy did that look tempting the morning I was there. Next time I’ll bring Brett so he can hold my stuff while I get soaked. Not sure who was having more fun, the people riding the ride or the people standing on the splash deck.
It’s rare to see the mom and baby orangutan this close to the glass. The baby was very entertained by pressing her face up to the glass.
Everyday activities for the orangutans.
The baby chimp was out playing by herself.
The two baby elephants are finally growing up.
I went back to Lowry Park zoo early on a Sunday morning to see the baby tiger cub. The baby was not out that morning so the dad was out alone having a snack. He seemed to be enjoying it. He kept showing it off.
Another hot morning at the Lowry Park Zoo in mid-August.
The zoo really cleaned the glass on the manatee window. I put my Iphone up to the glass and snapped the above.